Buffalo Trace

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 21 March 2018

Blanton’s is a brand of Frankfort, Kentucky based Buffalo Trace – their bottling hall being named after Albert B. Blanton, one of the pioneers of the 20th Century bourbon industry. Introduced in 1984, by then distillery master Elmer T. Lee, in the year before his retirement, the Blanton’s brand focusses on single barrel bourbons (where bottles are drawn in batches, one cask at a time, and are not mixed or blended with any other barrels or spirits). The Gold Edition of Blanton’s draws its origins from the standard Single Barrel version, but it’s delivered with a bit more grunt at 51.5% ABV.


Posted 17 October 2017

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Four Grain has just been named Jim Murray’s Whisky of Year 2018 – moving it into the perma-unobtanium category which whisky fans all know and largely hate. I did get to try it whilst in the US earlier in the year, and like the rest of the E.H. Taylor Jr. Collection it’s very solid indeed. But, fear not, for whilst the Four Grain may be destined for liquid snow-globe status, there are plenty of interesting expressions in the E.H Taylor Jr. Collection worth exploring.  There are always malternatives my friends.


Posted 30 May 2018

The annual release of Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection (BTAC) bottlings generates as much panic as it does excitement. The demand for the well-regarded, high proof American whiskey selection outstrips its supply many times over – they’re outlandishly difficult to get hold of, and sadly often destined for the secondary market or unscrupulous retailers where their once reasonable RRPs dissipate, and greed, obsession and fetishism take over. I tend to let all this pass me by each year, life is just too short. However, I never pass up the opportunity to try the series, particularly at whisky shows, where, if you’re quick, you’ll be able to taste what is commonly regarded as the best of the best from the Buffalo Trace stable.


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